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Bridge | 30 June 2016

Congratulations — yet again — to the England women’s bridge team, who last week won gold at the European championships in Budapest. They have now won medals at the last six World and European women’s teams events which, according to the English Bridge Union, might currently make them the most successful international team in British


Grand tour

The first two legs of this year’s Grand Chess Tour have now been staged in Paris and Leuven. There will be follow-ups later this year in St Louis and London. The format of Paris and Leuven consisted of a rapidplay and blitz tournament at each venue. After the conclusion of these events the leading overall


Come fry with me

In Competition No. 2954 you were invited to supply an ode to a greasy spoon, a challenge prompted by a recent column that Melissa Kite wrote bemoaning the rise of independent cafés and the consequent demise of the decent, non-locally foraged fry-up. Most of your odes were to a caff, but a few chose to


2267: Double-edged swords

One of the unclued entries (two words) defines the others (two of which are hyphened), which are all real words. Collins, not Chambers, confirms 23D. Ignore one accent in the unclued entries and another elsewhere.   Across 1    Clergymen demolishing a church helping its loss of status (14) 9    See missing competitor getting ready for

Crossword solution

To 2264: The A-Team

‘Harry the King, BEDFORD (19) and EXETER (18), WARWICK (1D) and TALBOT (25), SALISBURY (4A) and GLOSTER (12)’ (Henry V, act 4, sc.3) are named in Henry V’s speech at AGINCOURT (26/34). HARRY THE KING (diagonally from the third row) was to be shaded.   First prize M. O’Hanlon, North Berwick Runners-up Philip Hawkins, Wirksworth,


No. 415

White to play. This position is from Nakamura-Caruana, Leuven Blitz 2016. White can now win material. What is the key move? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 5 July or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk. There is a prize of £20 for the first correct answer out of a hat. Please include a postal